‘He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’

My wife and I were exhausted. We had a busy week and were enjoying a quiet weekend, so we decided to take a short nap. When we woke a short while later, I couldn’t get The Hollies and their 1969 song “He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother” out of my head.  A song with meaning... Continue Reading →

Turning 13!

My best friend has been having some problems lately. She doesn’t run or jump as well as she used to in her younger years. She’s spends a lot of her time sleeping or acting like she’s sleeping and her once jet-black beard and eyebrows are now filled with gray hair. Despite it all, my best... Continue Reading →

You are getting very sleepy!

My wife and I were sitting down on our couch relaxing and a large groan came from across the room. Nittany, our Lhasa Apso-Bichon Frise dog, let out a huge sigh. We both laughed because no dog ever has had an easier life.  Nittany sleeps all the time. She’s a professional napper. She rarely closes... Continue Reading →

Tough RINO skin!

I’ve been watching the news lately, especially the political name-calling that seems to happen on a daily basis and I’ve been wondering: What does it mean anymore to be a Republican? The question should be easy to answer, but I find it utterly impossible to put into a few words. I grew up in a... Continue Reading →

A different kind of doggy daycare

I unearthed a major discovery the other day. I finally figured out how our twelve-year-old Lhasa Apso – Bichon Friese dog spends her days. I had a chance to follow Nittany for a full day.  It’s been a fascinating discovery.  My wife and I assumed that she spent the bulk of her days sleeping, eating,... Continue Reading →

Alive and well

Our family dog, Nittany, a Lhasa Apsa – Bichon Frise mix, is getting older.  She’s lived a lifetime in her 12 years. She's slower and doesn’t get around as well as she once did. Her legs are not as good nowadays. She needs steps to get up into our bed and, when she sleeps, she... Continue Reading →

Herding the humans

Our family dog Nittany laid glassy-eyed on the sofa cushion next to me. When I got up to go into the kitchen, she lay still. When I opened up the refrigerator, she barely even registered a look.  Now normally in our house, Nittany, a 12-year-old Lhasa Apsa – Bichon Frise mix, knows where everyone is... Continue Reading →

Tell us a story Aesop

The hare boasted to all the animals, “I have never been beaten.” Of course, he became full of his own power, took a nap, and lost to the slowest of creatures, the tortoise. The race is not always to the swift. The deceitful wolf went hungry until it dressed up like a sheep and led... Continue Reading →

Man’s best friend is out to get me

Most dogs love to play with their owner, they guard them, they even lick their owner's hands to say thank you. My dog, Nittany, a Lhasa-Apsa and Bichon Frise mix, hates me. I've written about Nittany plenty of times over the past twelve years, and I'm convinced that she's really trying to get me killed.... Continue Reading →

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